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AJN, American Journal of Nursing

September 2006, Volume 106 Number 9 , p 58 - 70


  • Christine M. Meade PhD
  • Amy L. Bursell PhD
  • Lyn Ketelsen MBA, RN


Conclusions A protocol that incorporates specific actions into nursing rounds conducted either hourly or once every two hours can reduce the frequency of patientsʼ call light use, increase their satisfaction with nursing care, and reduce falls. Based on these results, we suggest operational changes in hospitals, emphasizing nurse rounding on patients to achieve more effective patient-care management and improved patient satisfaction and safety.

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